There’s a new gastro pub in town… and it has everything from whiskey to beer and everything else in between!
Malt Barrel & Fire is the hot new place to be on the Montecasino restaurant scene, offering a true gastro pub experience with a varied and extensive food and beverage menu that puts the spotlight firmly on malts of every kind, from whisky to beer to milkshake.
According to Angelo Kellaris, Owner and GM of Malt, the ‘Malt’ concept has evolved through his 21 years of experience in the foodservice industry in South Africa, owning and managing a wide range of restaurant types, and getting to understand a consumer market that appreciates upmarket cuisine and an amazing array of beers, whiskies, other spirits, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages.
“Malt Barrel & Fire gets its name from the four fireplaces and four burning barrels that make it the perfect venue for chilly winter nights, while adding ambience in summer. The décor is stylish and comfortable, with wood and copper features, and soft lighting, which all add to the warmth of the restaurant,” he explains.
Malt also has an upstairs dining area for up to 24 people that can be used for private functions and is ideal for birthday parties or corporate events.
Malt Barrel & Fire is a sister restaurant to Malt Bar & Grill in Silverlakes in Pretoria.
The huge selection of malts includes 16 draught beers on tap (including Hoegaarden, Soweto Cherry Ale and Red Rock Nine Inch Ale); over 40 bottled beers from around the world; an ever-growing selection of more than 80 different whiskies – malts and blends (including unusual whiskies like The Glenlivet Code Special Edition, Tweeddale Grain of Truth, Scallywag, Rock Oyster 18YO, Glenfiddich Project XX and Glenfiddich IPA); delicious and different cocktails for every occasion; spirits of all types; carefully selected wines; and really great tasting milkshakes such as Nutella & Marshmallow, Ferrero Rocher, Caramel Popcorn, and Oreo.
The incomparable beverage selection notwithstanding, Kellaris says Malt is first and foremost a gastro pub, with a food menu that is “at the heart of the business, designed to delight the most discerning palate, using only the freshest and best ingredients.”
Favourites include the Firecracker ribs – Sweet BBQ pork or beef ribs basted with a lemon peri sauce and served with fries, which also feature as one of several ‘quick order items for Teatro patrons’. The menu includes breakfast / brunch items served until 11.30am, snacks and light meals, including Deep fried & crumbed fresh avocado and fried haloumi cheese served with sriracha mayo; platters and salads; chicken & fish, which includes one of Malt’s signature dishes – Spatchcock chicken basted in peri-peri or lemon & herb and grilled in true Portuguese tradition served with fries; a range of popular Malt burgers; pizzas; grills; waffles & milkshakes; and desserts.
Kellaris is excited about being at Montecasino, which he describes as, “somewhere very special and unique, a small taste of Italy. For the restaurant, it’s great to be part of a destination that is constantly striving for success.”
Mike Page, Director of Operations and Complex GM of Montecasino, says, “Malt’s unique offering delivers exactly what we are striving to achieve at Montecasino, bringing even more variety to our guests and ensuring that we continue to deliver on our promise that ‘We’ve Got It’.”
Check out some pics of the opening night below: